Junior Book Clubs – Information for schools

Schools are very welcome to use our Junior Book Club (JBC) model. Requests for printing will not be available to schools, however, the Junior Book Club Leader’s Guide on this site is available to print.

We extend the following advice to schools :

  • read all the information
  • consider whether you would like to suggest kids join of their own volition or whether you would like to coordinate groups in your school
  • decide whether you would like to be the LEADER or allocate this to students (recommended)
  • the best environment to encourage your students to be in a Book Club is your school library. Coordinate a chat with your Teacher Librarian or invite staff from your local public library to discuss the JBC with your students
  • Make sure that the kids in your club are at a similar reading level. Having radically younger members with kids who are older is likely to cause friction and maybe hurt feelings. If there are multiple ages of kids, consider an older book and a younger book each time, so that the kids can focus on the book they find most satisfying
  • organise a tour with your local public library or mobile library
  • organise memberships for students to the local public library which gives them access to all our branch libraries and online resources
  • we suggest the book club meet for 30-60 minutes only
  • the RRL Junior Book Club Book Marks in this kit are an excellent tool for structuring discussions
  • this is a great activity to get to know your group
  • Reading Strategies Book Club Packet can be downloaded free from Teachers Pay Teachers
  • if some students prefer to read independently you are welcome to print Book Lists for them
  • visit our website regularly and teach your students how to search our catalogue to find their books
  • establish a D.E.A.R program in your school/classroom
  • our Book Lists say ‘for girls‘, ‘for boys‘ and ‘for boys and girls‘ but a good book is open to anyone and your students should feel free to choose books that interest them
  • our Book Lists are developed by the Children’s and Youth Services Librarian who has read most of the titles and has decided on each title based on current reading trends in reading for leisure. Each list comprises of 10 titles and include classics, recent publications, Australian authors, assorted themes, books made into film and challenged authors. You are welcome to print our book lists and to offer suggestions
  • our theme lists will interest you.  The kids will try to convince you that their book choice fits a theme. Great debating tool!
  • the Book Lists are by age and have a variety of themes to challenge a child’s imagination. Ask questions about the books. Maybe read the book too!
  • discuss ways your students can ‘read’ a book and help them to locate and use their preferred medium. RRL provides
  1. hard copy books
  2. books on CD
  3. online ebooks and online eaudio books
  4. Storybox where your students can listen to a famous personality read a book
  • suggest your volunteer helpers use the book lists to select a book
  • show the kids how to look up the author’s biography
  • tempt the kids to look for more books by the author they really enjoyed or on the theme they related to
  • provide your students with a book shelf of class books
  • encourage your students to read the Scholastic catalogues or bring in store catalogues and discuss titles and blurbs
  • during our research we noticed that some titles in our book lists have Teachers’ Guides which could be very useful to you. We have put these with a variety of activities which you might like to try. These activities are based on the main book lists from each reading age
  • Craft time can be a great time for discussion and looking at their crafts at home reminds children of how much fun book club is and how much they want to go to the next meeting. Explore the variety of activities for inspiration
  • If you want to make the meeting more interactive and engaging for high energy kids, consider adding a game! Having a game in the experience will make the lessons of the book stay with the student for longer. Games like Roll and Retell combine discussion with an action.

And most importantly!

  • never turn Book Club into a chore! If they didn’t like the book, they might not read it and that’s OK. As a teacher, you can help them to verbalise how a book affected them. Encourage them to talk about what it was they didn’t like about the book so they can bring it up at their next meeting.